It’s Back to School time! And whether you’re running around making sure your kids have everything they need to succeed in school this year or you are sitting back, like me, and watching it all happen as an empty nester, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and focus on you. So, let’s use this Back to School time as a kick starter to getting Back to Healthy.
We are more than half-way through the year and those New Year resolutions we made over 6 or 7 months ago may need some picking up and dusting off. But where do we start?
As with any Back to School time, we need our supplies. But no running around looking for backpacks and crayons needed here. No, I’ve got all the supplies you’ll need to get Back to Healthy below.
I’ve put together 5 essential ‘supplies’ that I hope will help you refocus, regroup, and encourage you to either start back up or continue on with finding your version of happiness through being healthy.
Supply #1 – It Always Starts With A Choice
Now I know, life get’s busy and with that busyness, the first thing to go is how we take care of ourselves. We are so busy taking care of everyone else that it becomes easier to just let things like eating right, having quiet moments, and exercising go to the wayside.
But just as I have written before, we have to make a choice.
If your journey to a healthy lifestyle has seemed to taken a detour, don’t get discouraged. Just go back to the beginning.
Make the choice to be healthier. Make it every day if you have to.
And once you’ve made the choice of getting Back to Healthy, then you can use your next supply on the list.
Supply #2 – Keeping Track – Write It Down
So now you’ve made the choice and have changed your mindset when it comes to how you look at a healthier lifestyle, it’s time to move on to some more ‘hands-on’ supplies.
Writing down and keeping track of what is going on in your life will help you stay focused. This will allow you to see in black and white (or colors if you like those colored pencils) where you need to change things up, add stuff in, or take it away.
Food and Exercise Journals
What if I told you that if you kept a food and exercise journal for at least two weeks that you could DOUBLE the weight you lost? Would you believe me?
Well, actually there are numerous studies out there that have proven that people who keep track of what they eat and how much exercise they do during the week actually loose almost double the weight of those who don’t.
Keeping these types of journals help you with:
- Mindfulness – Be more aware of what you are eating. You may think you’re eating pretty good or that you don’t eat a whole lot, but once you start keeping track of it, you are able to see and become more mindful of what you are putting in your body.
- Calories and Portion sizes – although I am not a big fan of calorie counting, keeping a food journal does give you the opportunity to see what the caloric counts are in your food and keeps track of how much you are eating.
- Being honest – when it comes to exercising, making excuses is an easy out, keeping a journal keeps you honest and lets you see where you could have pushed more or finished a workout out better.
- Bigger goals – keeping track of workouts can help you see where there are time and room to add in more. It may push you to do more reps or try new workouts
All of these reasons and so many more is why it’s a good idea to keep a food and/or exercise journal. You can scribble it down in a spiral notebook, or you can find some cool journals like this one or this one. Any way you keep the journal will work.
Supply #4 Add and Subtract
One of the things that trip people up when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle is that they feel like they have to change everything all at once.
PLEASE DON’T DO THAT!
Use your journals to help you pick two or three areas where you could take one thing out and add one thing in.
Here’s what I mean
- Food – you look over your journal and you realize you have way too much-processed sugar in your diet. Don’t try to go cold turkey. Instead of drinking soda at lunch, swap it out for some unsweetened tea (it’s not as bad as you think) or some lightly fruit-flavored water. Do this for a week or two and you may notice that you don’t crave sodas anymore.
- Exercise – you just can’t seem to make it to the gym, so since you can’t get there, you just don’t exercise at all. Why don’t you cancel the membership and pick a few nights during the week to go for 30-minute walks or do FREE dancing exercise workout videos available on YouTube or buy some DVD’s to do in the comfort of your own home.
- Relationships – missing coffee with your friends or date night with your husband. Maybe you need to look at your calendar and take out a commitment or two and add in some fun.
- Faith time – just don’t have the time to sit and pray or read and meditate. Instead of spending 30 minutes in the morning or evening on Facebook or Instagram, use that time to build yourself up spiritually.
Now, this is the kind of math you like right? I thought so.
Just by taking out one or two things and replacing them with some new and healthier options can make a world of difference.
Supply #5 – Be Prepared
One day I was meeting with a client who truly had a desire to change her lifestyle. She had shared with me how she struggled to make healthy snacks and meals for her and her family.
When I stopped by her house to sit down and do some menu planning, I quickly learned why.
She wasn’t prepared. Her pantry was filled with processed food and so was her refrigerator.
If you want to have success in your health journey, then plan for it.
Get rid of the temptations and stock your shelves with the good, wholesome food.
Set yourself up for victory not failure.
When it comes to exercising, just like I was saying in Supply #4, get yourself some workout DVDs or some fun exercise equipment for your home (one of my favorites). You are more likely to do more exercising from your home than you are going to a gym, so set yourself up for it.
You Can Do It!
So there you have it!
It’s not an encompassing supply list for sure, but it’s a start!
Take this Back to Health time to refocus on you. Being healthy in all areas of your life, relationships, faith, physical activity, and daily life/career, is attainable. We just have to choose to reach for it.. each and every day!
More To Come, So Stay Tuned
Over the next month or so I will be continuing my Back to Healthy theme posts, which will include expanded tips and tricks on how to stock a healthy pantry, fun and different ways to exercise, and much more… so stay tuned!
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